His account, however, meets to a high level the historians' demand for objectivity, and he has since managed to enhance the contribution history can make to public debate by further publications, in particular "'Manufacturing Consensus': The Role of the State Council in Brunei Darussalam," JSEAS
(2000a) and The Brunei Constitution of 1959: An Inside History (2000b).
The current special issue of JSEAS
aims at further investigating these connections, bridging case studies that explore histories of race, science, colonialism, and nationalism in Island, or Maritime, Southeast Asia.
(32) William Cummings, 'The Melaka Malay diaspora in Makassar, c.1500-1669', JMBRAS 71, 1 (1998): 107-21; Leonard Andaya, 'The Bugis-Makassar diasporas', JMBRAS 68, 1 (1995): 119-38; Heather Sutherland, 'The Makassar Malays: Adaptation and identity c.1660-1790', JSEAS
32, 3 (2001): 397-421.
To echo my predecessor, JSEAS
will continue to feature the excellent scholarship emerging from Europe.
I have no doubts JSEAS
's renewed dynamism will be sustained under my successor, Maitrii Aung-Thwin, and the editorial team comprising Portia Reyes (associate editor) and Ho Chi Tim (book review editor), expertly supported by Eileen Shen (editorial assistant) and Dayaneetha De Silva (copyeditor).
Bringing these perspectives to bear on early to mid-first millennium CE mainland Southeast Asia is the goal of this special issue of the Journal of Southeast Asian Studies (JSEAS
Welch, 'Late prehistoric and early historic exchange patterns in the Phimai region, Thailand', Journal of Southeast Asian Studies (JSEAS
) 20, 1 (1989): 11-26.
I would like to thank Wynn Gadkar-Wilcox, Christopher Goscha, Kennon Breazeale, Thongchai Winichakul and the anonymous reviewers of JSEAS
for offering thoughtful comment to help improve this article.
Special thanks also go to the anonymous reviewers and the editor of JSEAS
for their helpful comments.
Professor Cheah Boon Kheng was an honorary adviser to JSEAS
, and his nonconformist mind and intellectual generosity will be greatly missed by the entire community of Southeast Asian scholars.
Dr Cheah Boon Kheng, historian, and a member of the Journal of Southeast Asian Studies (JSEAS
) Honorary Advisory Board, passed away peacefully on Monday afternoon, 27 July 2015, at the age of 76, after a year-long battle with cancer.
In closing, grateful acknowledgement is made of the invaluable input of our anonymous readers in adding to the cogency of the articles published in this as in any other issue of JSEAS
. Last but not least, let me introduce two new editorial members: Portia Reyes as associate editor; and Ho Chi Tim, who inherits the position of book review editor from Peter Borschberg, to whom goes our utmost appreciation for the great work done in making JSEAS
the premier publication for reviews of Southeast Asian scholarship.